Pledges to hire and train service member veterans and spouses
Our CEO Larry Jones visited The White House Thursday morning to join with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden in the celebration of the Joining Forces initiative’s fifth-year anniversary and announce Coalfire’s pledge to hire and train veterans and military spouses.
As part of its pledge, Coalfire will devote an increasing percentage of its total hires to veterans and their spouses during the next five years (escalating to 10 percent in year five), as well as creating training initiatives to assist in the development of their careers. As a leader in the cybersecurity industry, which is predicted to have a talent gap of 1.5 million unfilled jobs, Coalfire has an aggressive plan to more than double its current headcount during the next five years.
“I feel privileged to have been in attendance and participate in such a show of solidarity and commitment to bettering the lives of the men and women who protect our nation,” Jones said. “This announcement is in lockstep with the leadership path the First Lady and Dr. Biden have so boldly set, helping to create job opportunities and growth for our veterans and their families when they return home.”
Jones was also joined at the event by Barry Armstead (pictured), who advanced through various departments at Coalfire and is now an IT Security Consultant for assessment and advisory services. Armstead is a retired Sergeant First Class (E-7), who was honorably discharged in 2011, after serving 26 years in the Army.
Joining Forces is a nationwide initiative launched by the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden calling on all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities.
More than 1.2 million veterans and spouses have been hired or trained since the launch of Joining Forces. Thursday’s announcement included more than 110,000 new hiring commitments and nearly 60,000 new training commitments for veterans and military spouses over the next five years, primarily in the fields of aerospace, telecommunications and tech.